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Jake Plummer matches up with Kansas State QB Collin Klein

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was a Heisman finalist and gave the Wildcats a real chance during the season to play for a national title, but he's not even viewed as one of the best quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL draft class.

He was excluded from NFLDraftScout.com's quarterbacks preview -- in fact he ranks as only as the 16th-best quarterback prospect -- and according to our predictions, he's a seventh-round pick at best.

Obviously, Klein wants to improve his options, and in order to do so, he's asked Jake Plummer to help him as he embarks on a professional career. Klein has a good point -- why not try to better himself with a former Pro Bowl quarterback like Plummer?

"After taking the time off, the years off, reflecting back on what I was doing, I've had many opportunities to do a lot of different things," Plummer told the Denver Post. "But it's funny how it came to be Collin I'm working with right now.

"I was watching him his junior year, and I was thinking: 'Man, this kid just has it. He can run, he's got great feet, he can throw the ball all around the field.' I just thought he was one of the top prospects at quarterback I had seen. Then this year he has a great year, scrambling, making plays. ... You can't coach that. And it just came together. It's funny that it turned out to be him, and that I was just ready to do something like this."

The two met through Klein's agent, and though Klein was apprehensive about working with Plummer at first, he soon learned that they were a good fit.

"Sure, I was a little anxious at first, just because I didn't know what to expect," Klein said. "I knew of [Plummer] as a player, but I just wanted to make sure we maximized our time together, getting ready. But after the first week, I knew it was right. I knew we would make great progress and he was going to help me, and he has helped me every time we've worked together."

Plummer is still the Broncos all-time leader in winning percentage, and Plummer helped Denver to the AFC title game in 2005 before Mike Shanahan turned the team over to Jay Cutler -- which was a major reason Plummer retired after the 2006 season.

“It's a strange thing when you get out of playing in the NFL,” Plummer said. “There's nothing that would make you feel the way the game does. I struggled for a while with that, but I think I can give back something, and the time just felt right."

Klein has been compared in the predraft buildup as a quarterback similar to Tim Tebow. Surely, that's not helping him in the scouting rankings (and Plummer is on record as saying that he's a little worn out by Tebow's God-heavy interviews, anyway). But who knows? Maybe Plummer can do Klein some good after all.

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